Tires aren't cheap and when you buy a new set, the last thing you want to do is replace one because it went flat on you. When you see that tire pressure go down fast, don't despair right away. Yes, you have an issue with one of your tires, but it may be something that you can have repaired. You might not have to get a whole new tire. It all depends on what is damaged on the tire.
Flat Tire Causes
Most flat tires are caused by tiny little things, like nails or screws. If you drive by new houses or other construction, you've probably picked up one or two in your tire. The good part about that is that most small holes, like those made with nails, can be repaired instead of causing you to replace the tire completely.
But not every hole can be patched. If you have a hole in the sidewall of the tire, repairs are not recommended and you will need a replacement. This area flexes a lot when you drive and sealing a hole will loosen as you drive, which can cause another flat tire a lot sooner than you'd like.
Repairing The Tire
The best way to repair a tire is to combine a patch with a plug to give you as much protection and coverage as possible. The plug is pushed through the hole from the inside and then the seal is placed over the top of the plug at the area of the entrance. If the technician you work with talks about any other repair method, it might be improper. If the tire isn't taken from the rim of your vehicle during the repair process, it's not a good repair.
While it's possible for tires to be repaired, it's not always the situation. Keep your fingers crossed that the hole in your tire is small and in a good location for a repair--especially if your tires are on the new side. When you need any kind of tire repair or replacement, give our auto shop a call and we'll help you out.